The Museum is delighted to have been given this superb large painting of St Agnes Beacon and mines by renowned local artist, Tony Giles.
Local collector, Alan Dumper, loaned the painting, for one evening only, at a recent Drinks & Nibbles evening at the Museum and subsequently offered it for sale to the Museum.
Later, our Honorary Assistant Curator, Philip Mitchell, bought it to give to the Museum in memory of his grandparents, George and Betty Mitchell. The view of the Beacon is very similar to that from George and Betty’s home. They were highly respected in Trevellas and their recollections of life there are recorded in the Museum archives.
A first chance to see this superb painting will come unexpectedly at the Penwith Society’s 70th Anniversary Exhibition, entitled “The Penwith, a Society like no other”, at St Ives. The exhibition will run from Saturday 5 October until Saturday 2 November, from 10am to 5pm, and will include works by Patrick Heron and Terry Frost among many others. As the Society did not have a work by Tony Giles, its Chairman approached the Museum to see if it could help. The Museum was delighted to do so and hopes that some visitors to St Ives will be able to see the exhibition, for which the entrance is free.